Discover a breathtaking way to explore the beauty of our neighbor to the north on this trans-Canada rail trip. On Trans-Canada Rail Adventure & the Rockies, experience all the Canadian Rocky Mountains have to offer, including glacier walks, tours of Banff and Jasper National Parks, and two magnificent train rides that hark back to the golden age of rail traveling!
First, you'll enjoy a panoramic tour of cosmopolitan Vancouver. From Vancouver, you'll board the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf, with the option to upgrade to GoldLeaf Service. Your train is ready to transport you across rolling ranch lands, past snowcapped mountains, and along the shores of mighty rushing rivers and clear blue lakes.
You'll travel in daylight, too, so that you don't miss any of the captivating scenery during your Canadian Rockies adventure. See glacier-fed Lake Louise, travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway, and ride a snow coach atop Athabasca Glacier. Then, travel from Banff to Toronto aboard The Canadian for staggering views of Canada’s heartland. With 9 included features and Cultural Discoveries, plus rail journeys through the Canadian Rockies, this is an adventure not to be missed.
Extend your Canadian adventure with 2 additional nights in Vancouver, British Columbia. This West Coast gem is a fantastic combination of cosmopolitan charm and natural beauty — from splendid Stanley Park on the tip of the peninsula to neighborhoods like hip Yaletown, historic Gastown, bustling Chinatown, and beyond.
Your sophisticated hotel offers grand views of the mountains and the harbor — and its convenient downtown location is a great base for exploring Vancouver! With its multicultural population, Vancouver has a distinct flavor that you’re sure to find fascinating. You might want to visit sites like the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology, or the Granville Island Public Market. You can also stroll historic Gastown amid restored Victorian buildings now hosting restaurants, galleries, and shops. Or, perhaps, walk along Stanley Park’s six-mile Seawall Promenade on the shoreline, one of the great urban walks in the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend additional time in this unique and wonderful city!
Welcome to Vancouver, British Columbia
Your explorations of our neighbor to the north begin when you fly to beautiful Vancouver. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport upon arrival and assisted with your transfer to the hotel. Or, depart two days earlier for your Vancouver pre-trip extension.
Today, enjoy time at leisure to explore this lively seaside city on your own. Vancouver offers the best of both worlds — cosmopolitan attractions set against a splendid backdrop of snowy mountain peaks and glittering Pacific inlets.
Explore the city of Vancouver
Today, discover the many facets of this sparkling city on a panoramic tour. You’ll see Chinatown, one of the largest and most vibrant in North America, as well as Stanley Park, an evergreen oasis of 1,000 acres, and Gastown, a restored 19th-century business district with boutiques, restaurants, bars, and art galleries. Your tour includes a stop at Granville Island and the Granville Island Market, where you'll have time for lunch on your own. Tonight, join your fellow Vantage travelers for a Welcome Dinner.
Ride the Rocky Mountaineer through British Columbia
All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for one of the world’s great rail journeys! Settle into your seating in the SilverLeaf Service, with reclining dome-level seats & oversized windows, or GoldLeaf Service, which includes full-length glass-domed panoramic windows for better viewing, plus upgraded meals.
Relax in your reclining seat as you take in astonishing views — including the Fraser River Valley, Fraser Canyon, Hell’s Gate, and Thompson River — and listen to expert commentary. You’ll travel during daylight for optimal viewing, then overnight in Kamloops in lodging arranged by Rocky Mountaineer. SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf passengers may stay in different hotels.
Continue aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Banff, Alberta
Reboard the Rocky Mountaineer and continue past Shuswap Lake and Craigellachie to Banff National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site with magnificent alpine scenery and a wide range of wildlife.
You’ll cross Rogers Pass and ride through three Canadian National Parks — Banff, Yoho, and Glacier. Arriving in Banff, you’ll check in to your 5-star hotel for a two-night stay. Located just out of town near Banff’s famed hot springs, your hotel offers elegant accommodations and amenities — and the most incredible views in the Canadian Rockies!
Embrace the beauty of Banff
Set off today to discover Banff National Park and such highlights as natural hot springs and Lake Louise, considered the jewel of the Rockies for its stunning sapphire-colored waters. Later, you’ll travel the legendary Icefields Parkway, which connects Banff and Jasper national parks. Along the way, view majestic peaks, ice-blue glaciers, and thick pine forests. At the vast, gleaming Columbia Icefields, you’ll embark on a snow coach ride, specifically designed to drive over the 900-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier. During your tour, your expert driver-guide will share details of this frozen natural wonder. We’ll have lunch at the glacier’s Discovery Center before heading to Lake Louise, where our Adventure Leader will give us a tour. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Traverse the natural wonders of Jasper National Park, Banff, and beyond
Enjoy the day with free time in Banff to further indulge in its natural beauty and history around town, with lunch on your own. Visit the hot springs, check out local art museums, and have some fresh local delicacies at any of the scenic cafes and restaurants.
This afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to meet a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, then you can use your free time to catch the best views around with a ride on the Banff Gondola, reaching a 360° observation deck overlooking six mountain ranges. Dinner will be back at the hotel.
Ride The Canadian through Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
This morning, we'll transfer you via a scenic coach ride From Banff to Jasper. You'll then board The Canadian to begin your three-day rail journey in a Sleeper Touring Class Service, a private sleeper compartment with half bath, on your way to Toronto.
Travel across Canada on The Canadian
Relax aboard The Canadian and watch the world go by as you traverse the beautiful Canadian countryside. Stops include Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and an evening stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During your journey today, you'll enjoy interesting lectures about local Canadian history and the destinations you'll visit. Savor a mouthwatering lunch and dinner on board.
Soak in the natural views from The Canadian
Roll across Canada’s heartland, past the wide-open spaces and golden grain fields of Sioux Lookout and Hornepayne. Along the way, you’ll enjoy included meals, expert commentary, and marvelous scenery from the Park Car with its 360° glass dome (accessible only to Sleeper Touring Class Service passengers).
Discover the city of Toronto on tour
Toronto, the largest city in Canada, is a great multicultural melting pot. After an included brunch on board and arrival at the Toronto train station, you’ll explore the city’s delightful ethnic neighborhoods on your full-day panoramic city tour.
In the afternoon, you'll check in to your hotel and have some time at leisure.
Say goodbye to Canada
Today you'll be transferred to the airport and fly home from Toronto.
Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or local representatives at the destination.
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